National Hurricane Preparedness week May 15 – May 21, 2016
The impending hurricane season serves as a reminder to residents and local businesses that now is the time to get your emergency response plans in order and restock supplies.
The City of Orlando Office of Emergency Management provides programs and activities to City residents and departments to help them prepare for, cope with and recover from the effects of natural and man made disasters. As the coordinating body for the City, OEM works year-round with City Departments, regional emergency management and public safety officials, elected officials , private and social sector organizations to develop a plan to lessen the impact of disasters on City residents. OEM continues to reevaluate and come up with new strategies for the four phases of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
OEM provides information to City residents and departments to develop plans to deal with the effects both natural and manmade hazards. This includes the publishing of the Disaster Preparedness Guide, keeping the OEM website updated and performing work within the community that encourages emergency preparedness.
As the coordinating body for the City of Orlando, OEM works with various City, regional and State entities to respond to emergency situations. This includes the coordination of materials and resources from neighboring jurisdictions through mutual aid agreements, contracts, coordinating response and management during catastrophic incidents and providing recommendations to the Mayor and the Executive Policy Group on what actions should be taken to minimize the impact of a disaster.
After impact, OEM coordinates a response to ensure that individuals have what they need to survive; this includes the coordination with the County in setting up Points of Distribution (PODs) to provide basic supplies to individuals in need. An assessment of physical damage is also performed, this information is provided to governmental entities such as the State of Florida and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in acquiring funding to help residents recover from catastrophic incidences.
OEM participates in a multi jurisdictional mitigation strategy and facilitates mitigation projects designed to do just that, including developing new flood control systems, and tools for the community to better understand the threats that could impact them.
Check out the Current Weather in Orlando Visit the National Weather Service for the most up-to-date information.
Orlando’s Emergency Radio Station 1650 AM is the City of Orlando’s emergency radio station and operates from the Orlando Operations Center. This service provides emergency information to citizens before, during and after a disaster. When there are no emergencies, information such as road closures, parking information or planned events will be broadcast.
CodeRed CodeRed provides emergency phone messages to targeted regions of the City. Click here to visit the site